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A church secretary, Beatrice Ponnelle, shared an office with Mr. Serrano. She testified that although the church had a rule that children were not allowed to be left alone in the office with a staff member, boys as young as 7 or 8 would come into the office to do their homework, sometimes sitting on Mr. Serrano’s lap. Yet absolutely no records were kept regarding Mr. Serrano and his employment history at the church, Justice Baily-Schiffman wrote.
The Diocese of Brooklyn and an affiliated after-school program will pay the total settlement of $27.5 million, with each victim receiving $6,875,000, the lawyers said. While the Brooklyn Diocese did not immediately return requests for comment, a lawyer for the victims shared an email with the diocese’s attorney confirming the settlement amount. The note indicated that the...
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